Educational Technology Bill of Rights for Students Part II

#edtech #mlearning #edchat Wow! I must have hit a nerve with educators when I wrote my first draft of the Education Technology Bill of Rights for Students last month.

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I got a boat load of emails (about 90% positive and 10% negative), and based those emails I would like to add these to the original:

11) I have the right to use the cloud. I hate to save things on the school's server, especially since I cannot get to it from home. In the world I live in I can access my files from any computer from anywhere, that's why I love the cloud. Which is why I get so mad when DropBox and others things like that are blocked. And no, I will not save it to a flashdrive. I'm a kid, I lose, break, wash, etc. flashdrives like nobody's business. Oh, and by the way, I love Google Docs and hate MS Word. Just to be clear. There is a bad side to cloud computing -- I can't really tell you that I left that file at home or that the file I made a home is not compatible with the school's computer. Which has been a great excuse for forgotten work for years.

12) I have the right to use alternative forms of data entry. For example if I want to use my thumbs to enter in my essay -- don't freak out. My thumbs can handle it. Or if I want to dictate my essay to my device -- that should be okay too. The world is not going to end because I don't hand-write my rough draft. I still believe in nice handwriting, but cursive is dead, so quit trying to kick this dead horse back to life.

13) I have the right to use apps that cost money. Don't tell me to, or make me use only cheesy free apps, when a $2 app will do a 1000 times better of a job for a project I am working on. We don't have to only use only free stuff (I know some are good). Because when I listen to you tell me to use only free apps when I have a $5 Starbucks in my hand, it seems sort of silly. I can handle a $2 or $3 app.

So here are another three, keep the ideas coming.

- Brad Flickinger, Bethke Elementary School


Netbooks and 21st Century Skills

Let's look at each skill and how netbooks can help students obtain these important skills. As we have mentioned before on this blog, the best way to develop these skills in students is to embed them into your instruction. In one of our netbook test classroom, we challenged teachers to embed 21st Century Skills into a book report assignment. Here is what they came up with for each of the skill areas: Creativity and Innovation

Students were asked to create a book report video, where they acted out the favorite part of the book they had just read. They worked in teams of two and took turns in front of and behind the camera. A handwritten rough draft was then typed in to Google Docs as a final script, which was approved by the teacher before they picked up a video camera.

Communication and Collaboration

Students worked with other teams in the class to ensure that everyone did not report on the same part of the book. The final videos were uploaded to the school server so that other students using the library could have access the video book reports.

Research and Information Fluency

Students had to research and develop an outline to guide the video book report. Each outline had to cover background information on the author and information about any other books the author had written.

Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making

Questions were added to the video book report project to encourage students to think deeper about the book they reported on. Questions such as, "If you were the author, how would you have written this story differently?" or "What would have happened to the main character if he or she would have chosen a different path to follow?"

Digital Citizenship

Students made sure that they used proper citation for all quotes and images in their report. They also obtained a signed parent or guardian release form so that they could post their videos on the Internet. As part of the project, students filled out an Internet Risk Report, which helps students establish safe Internet practices.

Technology Operations and Concepts

Student had to learn about editing and shooting video, as well as, script writing to complete the project. They simply followed the step-by-step tutorials on to learn these new skills. By following an online lessons, each team could work at their own pace. This also proved helpful when it came to sharing resources like the video camera since each team needed to use it at different times rather than at the same time.

You can see from the above examples just how important netbooks have become to the world school technology.